Sequoia ForestKeeper® Board of Directors

Danielle Fugere

Danielle Fugere, Esq. – Chairperson of the Board and Founding Board Member

Ms. Fugere is the President and Chief Counsel for "As You Sow," whose mission is to promote environmental and social corporate responsibility through shareholder advocacy, coalition building, and innovative legal strategies. Prior to her current position, her has served as Executive Director of the Environmental Law Foundation, and she was Legal Director and Regional Program Director at Friends of the Earth.

Through her litigation work, Ms. Fugere has helped secure broad compliance with environmental laws, penalties for non-compliance, industry conversions to cleaner and more environmentally sound technologies, and several million dollars to non-profit environmental groups to redress harms caused by violators.

Ms. Fugere was awarded the 2000 WaterKeeper's Environmental Achievement Award for her outstanding achievements in protecting California waters. She holds a JD from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law and a BA in Political Economics from the University of California, Berkeley. Learn more about her at

Ara Marderosian

Ara Marderosian - Secretary and Founding Member

Mr. Marderosian is the founding Executive Director of Sequoia ForestKeeper. With great passion he took up the cause to protect the Sequoia National Forest from overzealous mangers who operate the forest as a farm with the marketable trees as a crop and a place for consumptive recreation.

In 1998, as Conservation Chair of Kern-Kaweah Chapter of the Sierra Club, he began writing letters to the Forest Service to help protect the natural legacy they have been charged with since 1895.

It is a privilege to watch Mr. Marderosian hike up a hill knowing that he is not just appreciating the natural world, but actively striving to protect it for future generations.

See Mr. Marderosian's biography here.

Charlene Little

Charlene Little – Founding Board Member

Ms. Little is the recipient of the "Sierra Cup" award for conservation work and the "Outstanding Wildlife Conservationist Award For Dedication to the Protection of our Forest Ecosystems" presented by the Kern Valley Wildlife Association.

Ms. Little discovered the destruction of the Sequoias in Sequoia National Forest and fought to save these precious national treasures.

Without Charlene, the sequoia groves would have had many more clear-cuts and the forests of the southern Sierra Nevada would have turned into chaparral.

Kris Haddad

Kristina Haddad - Founding Board Member

Ms. Haddad works as a Senior Program Advisor at Seventh Generation Advisors. Previously she was Forestry Project Director for the Environment Now Foundation in Los Angeles and before that was the Programs Director at the Santa Monica BayKeeper in Southern CA where she ran their successful BeachKeeper Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Program, as well as many other projects and programs.

Ms. Haddad served as an environmental representative on the Los Angeles/Long Beach Harbor Safety Committee. She is the author of Crude Awakenings: Could an Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Happen in Southern California?

She is also a board member for the Fund for Wild Nature, whose mission is to invest in cutting-edge grassroots organizations and innovative conservation efforts to protect biodiversity and wilderness.

Ms. Haddad holds a B.S. in social science from the University of California, Berkeley.  Learn more about her at

Valerie Costa

Valerie Costa - Board Member and former Programs Director

A true nature lover, Ms. Costa left Los Angeles in 2001 to move to where she could be closer to the forest. She worked as the Programs Director at SFK for eleven years. She devoted much of her time on community outreach by creating and administering these programs: Adopt a Sequoia, Youth Outreach, Summer Intern, GIS Forest Health Analysis Program, and event planning.

Prior to her work with SFK, Ms. Costa was a quiet activist who participated in beach clean-ups and initiated recycling projects in four of her previous workplaces. Her passion and dedication to saving the forest, as well as her ability to motivate people to action, are valuable assets of this organization.

Sequoia ForestKeeper is so happy to have her continue to be affiliated with this organization after her move to Northern California. Ms. Costa owns Costa Creative Services in Grass Valley, California. She lives in Alta Sierra with her husband Scott and her two children.

Ed Begley, Jr.

Ed Begley Jr. - Board Member at-large

After serving for years on our advisory board, Mr. Begley, became an executive Board Member in 2014. He is one of America's most vocal advocates for self-sustained Carbon neutral living. We are so pleased to have him join our executive board after serving on SFK's Advisory Board for 6 years.

Mr. Begley says; "We are taking down our ancient forests and replacing them with tree farms. A move akin to taking down the Louvre and putting up Paint-By-Numbers art. We must stop now!"

Ed Begley Jr. has been a television actor for over 40 years and a documentarian on how to be a good environmental steward. He is a natural teacher on how to be gentle to the earth. He lives what he preaches and his lifestyle is one of the most Carbon friendly in the world. Ed serves on the boards of Green Wish, the Coalition For Clean Air, The Thoreau Institute and the advisory board of the Union Of Concerned Scientists, and is active with many other organizations.

Mr. Begley's work has earned him a number of awards from some of the most prestigious environmental groups in the nation, including the California League of Conservation Voters, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Coalition for Clean Air, Heal the Bay, Santa Monica Baykeeper, and the Cesar Chavez Foundation.

In 2013, he filmed a web series, "On Begley Street", which explored the building of North America's greenest, most sustainable home. He is finishing up the final stages of his LEED Platinum Certified home. Mr. Begley continues his busy acting career. His continuing role on Blunt Talk on STARZ and his comedy film called "Mascots" for Netflix was released in mid-2016. Ed remains an active member of the artist community and the environmental community. SFK is blessed to have Ed's vision and enthusiasm for keeping the planet and the southern Sierra Nevada whole.

Learn more about Ed Begley Jr. at

Alison Sheehey - Treasurer and Former Ecosystems Director

Ms. Sheehey became a board member in 2023 and is the former Ecosystems Director for Sequoia ForestKeeper. She is an advocate for the health of the planet. Sequoias are an amazing tree but all native ecosystems must be protected from the egregious overconsumption of our species. Money makes agencies and people lie about their role in causing collapse of ecosystems. Logging and biomass are contributing to climate change. Alison has seen the world from the perspective of nature since she was a small child. Her first act of trying to protect the planet was giving a police officer a ticket for littering. Justice is can only happen if all people accept personal responsibility for their actions. Global warming has caused extreme changes to the Arctic ecosystem which is disrupting weather patterns throughout the globe, too many people think stopping the use of fossil fuels will solve the problem. It will help but without drastic reduction in consumption and procreation, our amazing species is doomed. Using the incredible mind we have, we must look to the past and present as the way to have a future. Tomorrow as individuals may never come, but tomorrow as a species really needs to happen. No other species has god-like powers to create and destroy. It is up to all of us.